Nolan For England – His Job Is To Captain Newcastle United

Newcastle captain Kevin Nolan has had another excellent season for Newcastle.

Newcastle captain Kevin Nolan – in action

When Kevin was signed in January of 2009, most fans thought he was a great buy for just £4M from Bolton Wanderers, a club he also captained.

But Kevin struggled, like the rest of the team, in the last four months of that season for the Magpies, and of course Newcastle were relegated from the Premier League for the very first time. 🙁

But in the last two seasons, Kevin has not only been a good player for the team, but he’s given very strong leadership to the side, and has also scored 30 goals from his central midfield position.

Kevin was appointed Newcastle captain last August by Chris Hughton, and has provided great leadership for the side, and even when he’s sick, as he was last Saturday, he still plays well and he scores too.

Peter Lovenkrands, who also  played well and got a goal on Saturday, has praised his caption today, and wonders why he isn’t in the England side.

England manager Fabio Capello hasn’t expressed much interest in Kevin Nolan this season or ever for that matter, and Lovenkrands finds that a little strange:

“Kevin is so underrated. I don’t know why, when you think of some of the players who have been picked by England, that he has not even had a look-in,”

“It’s incredible, last year and this year he has scored goals from midfield like Gerrard and Lampard does. They are the only two really who do it as often as him.”

“I don’t understand why he does not get the chance to prove himself at that level. He is such a good pro, such a good player and such a good character to have in the dressing room, so it’s strange.”

“Kevin was struggling with flu. Yet he went out on Saturday, still struggling really, and bursts through and gets our first goal,”

“But that is what he is like. That is what we need our captain to do and he does. He is fantastic in that role. His banter can be a bit better but he is there for the boys when we need him.

“He is definitely a captain who does that for us, it’s vital to our dressing room that we have someone like Kevin.”

It seems the best two central midfield players for England are still Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard, who turns 33 in June, but both have had big injury problems this season, but both usually have good scoring records during the season.

But there’s no doubt Kevin Nolan is a very good player, and he was recognized only twice at the England U21 level back in 2004, and has never been capped by England.

But if Kevin Davies can get a cap at 33, then hope exists for Kevin, who is still only 28, but his number one job in football is to play well, and captain the Newcastle United side.

There’s not much wrong with that.

33 comments so far

  • G

    Apr 7, 2011 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #1

    Both Kevin Nolan, and Joey Barton should at least be in contention for regular England spots. Perhaps Fabio doesn’t like it up here? Joey has had an excellent rant about Gareth Barry as well. On F365 this morning.

  • G

    Apr 7, 2011 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #2
  • RichK

    Apr 7, 2011 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #3

    I have seen Joey’s comments on, he speaks the truth! If anyone can tell me that Gareth Barry is a better midfielder than Joey Barton then they’d be lying. Fabio Capello has also lied, because when he came into the job he said he would pick the best players/in form players. Fair play, he has done it with Parker but Joey has done just as well as Parker all season as has Nolan in fairness.

    Still, while we’re so short on numbers I’m kind of glad neither have been called up!

  • Graeme

    Apr 7, 2011 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #4

    On current form both Nolan and Barton are worth a place for England – unfortunately as long as the hole in his arse points downwards, Barton has too much baggage to be considered. That’s England’s loss though!!


    Apr 7, 2011 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #5

    there is no place for them in the england squad, its all about youth now and pushing through players under 25. Nolan and Barton dont have a chance…which am not complaining about. I’ll put Newcastle over England anyday

  • Stuart

    Apr 7, 2011 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #6


    Capello says its all about bringing through the youth, yet in the past few england games Kevin Davies and Scotty Parker have both got call-ups, neither of them are spring chickens like.

    Theres always a chance they’ll get a call up, however IMO while Crapello is in charge its a very slim one.

  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Apr 7, 2011 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #7

    Hey guys
    Anybody remember my post regarding my little chat with a club insider a few weeks ago.
    Everything he said is coming true. EG Joey Bartons reason for not signing a contract!!
    Due to selling of Carroll and fact that they have been told that survival will be main priority at minimum expenditure and the academy should be able to sustain that.

    Wrong policy im afraid guys, and all the senior players know this Im afraid.


    Apr 7, 2011 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #8

    Stuart, you have a fair point but Davies was called up because there was no one else lets be honest (personally was very happy for him he seems a good guy and a goodfootballer)

    And, imo, Parker was called up so Capello could get some good media attention. Everyone seems to love Scotty this season and there was a huge shout for him to be called up….can you see that happening for Nolan or Barton?

    But your right they do have a slim chance I just cant see it happening

  • Stuart

    Apr 7, 2011 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #9

    Yawn, please don’t start with the negative crap today Angryman.

    No real news on the blog today, definately no bad news. Why try to create some? lol.

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Apr 7, 2011 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #10

    Angryman get a life

  • Burni

    Apr 7, 2011 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #11

    aye ur right stuart YAWN!!! same cack every day off him and jimmy magpie, give it a rest man please angry.

    On topic, I agree that both Nolan and Joey should be picked as they are on form but as RichK says , I’d rather they kept them out of the England squad until we get some more players.

  • geoff777

    Apr 7, 2011 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #12

    It’s fantastic to be capped for your country.

    Nolan deserves to be able to say he played for England.

    I’m afraid you are correct.
    We need a new owner asap.

    Yesterday you told me to F### Off because you didn’t like one of my comments.
    Today you dismiss another comment as “Negative Crap”.

    If you disagree with a comment come back with an intelligent counter argument and add to the debate.
    Don’t try to bully people into not posting their opinions (negative or not).

    Using personal insults and trashy put downs isn’t clever or in the spirit of the blog.

  • Stuart

    Apr 7, 2011 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #13

    Haha, I stand by what I said yesterday Geoff.

    Im sick to death of coming on here and having to read negative crap constantly, when in the majority of the time its uncalled for.

    I’ve tried to argue my point in an intelligent manner a hundred times, but everytime I do I get called an Ashley Lover or something. Hows that for personal insults?

  • alienhunter

    Apr 7, 2011 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #14

    Yeah Angry Man .. thats exactly why we spent the money on Collocini and Ben Arfa amongst a couple of others, as well as renewing Taylors contract.

    Rome wasn’t built in a day – just take a look at Citeh. Them three players alone are nearly a 3rd of the side.

    I’m no Ashley apologist, but at the same time, use your head a bit of logic man… Maybe its time for people to stop reasoning with these broken record, negative posters… the sad fact is that maybe they just aren’t bright enough to see past their own emotions.

  • Stuart

    Apr 7, 2011 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #15

    I wish i could stop trying to reason with them like alienhunter.

    I just cant help myself.

    I mean, look at today, no real news, just a cheeky post on how Nolan is overlooked for England constantly.

    Then suddenly…

    ‘Hey guys
    Anybody remember my post regarding my little chat with a club insider a few weeks ago.
    Everything he said is coming true. EG Joey Bartons reason for not signing a contract!!
    Due to selling of Carroll and fact that they have been told that survival will be main priority at minimum expenditure and the academy should be able to sustain that.

    Wrong policy im afraid guys, and all the senior players know this Im afraid.’

    Doom and gloom, the whole first team wants out shite!

    We’re all but safe in the league this season and we should have a good transfer window.

    Before people start saying that we won’t spend a penny, why would we be scouting across europe?

    We all agree MA is a tight bastard so I couldnt see him spending money sending scouts everywhere if we have no intention of spending.

    I wish some supporters would take their shit-tinted glasses off and look at the club from an objective stand point. We’re actually doing well.

    For a team that got relegated two seasons ago we have a squad thats only a few players away from challenging for europe. We’ve just sold a player for £35m and we have at least 3 more that are worth between £15m-£20m.

    As far as I can see things are looking up for us for the first time in a very long time. Unfortunately people on here can’t get over past mistakes and are only happy when they’re proved right.

  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Apr 7, 2011 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #16

    Just saying what I heard !!
    Not done anything wrong or said anything wrong and yet I have the usual puddings beatinbg down on me!!

    Lordy, is it just your opinion that counts alien and stuart? Are you 2 on the board?

    Alot of the peeps on here are probably interested in what an excellent source has had to say about the inside workings of the club, and lets face it, so far 100% accurate???

    So what significance is your post re collocini, ben arfa and Taylors contract?? Have thes all been signed since Bartons interview at the beginning of the week?? In fact have they been signed since Barton started negotiating his contract?? or even in the last couple of weeks? What exactly is your point? That the club is willing to spend money on these players? Coolocini was purchased 3 1/2 years ago FFS? What does that prove about what has been said to the current players in the last 2 months??

    Your posting is just nonsense, and you are telling me Im not bright enough?? Youy didnt even understnd the simplest post I have put on here in years??

    Ha ha ha ha…..your funny!!

  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Apr 7, 2011 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #17

    “Before people start saying that we won’t spend a penny, why would we be scouting across europe?”

    ha ha ha ha. Okay!!!
    We started scouting across europe 28 years ago… least…..means nothing. Suppose we are watching Ronaldo and Messi then….means nowt. Its the Fat man and his cronies having you believe they are working hard behind the scenes to bring in ‘top class’ players, so you will renew your season ticket!!
    (If you have one of course, being a true fan that you are, and I believe you once told me I wasnt a true fan)

    Wheres the 2 or 3 players we were promised in January transfer window, you know when the scouts were scouring europe?? Come on, educate me with your knowledge why 3 went our and a CROCK came in??

    in FACT educate me when Mike (the club) Cashley actually fulfilled what he said he would do in his little heartfelt statements…..he couldn’t even sell the club at a knockdown price, or so we were led to believe!!

    Now I am very positive about the current position of the football team…….VERY POSITIVE, but as long as the CLUB is owned by a person interested in his own personal gain, lets face it which he is, we will always be just one step away from disaster…..I mean FFS, the mans a liar, he is incompetent and a huge reknowned Gambler!!

    And as for your “We’ve just sold a player for £35m and we have at least 3 more that are worth between £15m-£20m.”….you actually sound like ferkin Mike (greedy Maggot) Cashley.

    Lets sell them and get a profit…..the academy will see us through……….ooo where have I heard that before??

  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Apr 7, 2011 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #18

    Alien hunter

    Oh and by the way, PLEASE DONT REASON WITH ME!!
    I dont reason with children, they should be seen and not heard!! IMO of course!!

    I mean Alienhunter, what planet you from? Do they have Radio Newcastle up there, or is it just what you read in the Daily Planet ‘Broadsheets’?

  • Burni

    Apr 7, 2011 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #19

    Angry and Geoff, I cant help but interject.

    Geoff mate, the reason why stuart probably said he was sick of your comments is because you are much like Angry. Your comments are filled with negativity, whinging and complaining.

    Angry, your post to alien is quite hypocritical. this is what I believe alien was referring to

    “Due to selling of Carroll and fact that they have been told that survival will be main priority at minimum expenditure and the academy should be able to sustain that.

    Wrong policy im afraid guys, and all the senior players know this Im afraid”

    His post relates quite clearly to that comment and yours regarding his being nonsensical is almost childlike. Alien did not say anything regarding players being bought recently. I believe the point he was trying to raise is that regardless of the negative spin you constantly try to put on everything to do with MA he HAS invested in the club and we are moving in the right direction.

    Im sorry, newcastle were a big team but due to the players (not the owners) we were relegated. This is when we stopped being a big club. We ARE heading in the right direction and as alien says it is going to take time. ffs left us up shit creek so did all the stars who bailed. But now we have a proper TEAM with a manager who is managing to improve on that already excellent team spirit. Ashley may have made mistakes in the past but like all businessmen he has learned from them and we are moving in the right direction, all be it slower than most would like…..

    and your comment about being positive about this club is just a joke too!!! I have never seen one positive comment from you on here! try it one day you might learn to crack a smile

  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Apr 7, 2011 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #20

    Mmmmmmm. Let me contemplate your input for a wee while!!

    Mmmmmm, Nope, sorry, doesnt make sense……

    Did YOU read my post?? I was merely passing on what i was told. Thats all…..Read it again please. I implore you to read it again…..Just passing on what I have been told and pointing out that everything I had been told had actually so far been true………….

    Quick question to cap off…..what has Mike Ashley done positive for this football club?? 1 thing please, and that will do for me? But you must bring evidence to back up your claims!!

  • Burni

    Apr 7, 2011 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #21

    Angry, I did read your post and based my last comment on it.

    My comment makes no sense? mate I cant be arsed.

    mike ashley has given cheik a new contract, steven taylor a new contract, made 35 m off a striker whose played in the prem league for 6 months.

    yeah you and ur doom monger boyfriends will say that it wont be spent but hes shown before that when he needs to he does spend money but its fine you just keep living in ur dismal dingy cave where eveything is cack. cant wait for summer when me and eveyone who arent just so Effing negative can rub it ur faces.

  • cupiddstunt

    Apr 7, 2011 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #22

    Alienhunter I think you may well be right in your comment “the sad fact is that maybe they just aren’t bright enough to see past their own emotions”

    I think it is quite apparent that there are a lot of posters that come on here who just do not have the working grey matter to be able to see things objectively,

    By the way angry on your comment “I mean FFS, the mans a liar, he is incompetent and a huge reknowned Gambler!!

    Have you never lied in your life????? Of course you have so stop being such a hypocrite.

    “He is incompetent”……. says you………. he is immensely wealthy, and it is self made wealth so in my eyes incompetence is not a title I would give him. Yes he made mistakes in the beginning and will probably make more yet but appears to be getting things together and has us going in the right direction.

    He is a gambler…………. so what?????????? How on earth is that relevant to the club????

    As for your “quick question to cap it off He has stopped the spiralling debt problem the club had, we no longer buy players on chucky we buy players we can presently afford as the club finances dictate,

  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Apr 7, 2011 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #23

    Get yourself a copy of the accounts from companies house! The club are in as much debt as when he took over boy! Except we owe HIM!! Tell me he ain’t feathering his own nest! We don’t buy trophy signings, that I am very happy about, but to put that down as a positive?? We just don’t reinvest! Simple!

    I have lied numerous times boyo, but never ever to any of my customers!! Mostly to the bastards that want my money, they deserve it!

    Incompetent!! Definitely, would you take over a company for 250m and not do due diligence, because if you did that would make you…..VERY INCOMPETENT!!

    Oh and by the way, the fact that he is having to sort out the spiralling debt is also a sign of his incompetence because if you didn’t know how much debt you were inheriting, then oooops, gross incompetence!

    Self made billionaire!! Correct! He hit lucky, selling cheap shite to less better off than me, and grasses up the rest of the sports industry for price fixing, before doing it himself using dodgy deals with 50p football strips from sweatshops and undercutting everybody else ( including his own club shops) in order to pull his sports direct business out the do do !! And indirectly into his deep pockets!!

    And he has the club at heart!!

    Your a complete moron mate!!

  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Apr 7, 2011 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #24

    I look forward to it son!
    Can’t wait for you to make me eat humble pie!!

    But historically???? Well we’ll see!!!

  • Stuart

    Apr 7, 2011 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #25

    Never seen someone so determined to be miserable.

    Absolutely no point trying to reason with Angryman.

    However if we all agree to agree his bile is bang on correct then he might shut up.

    I suppose I can dream.

  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Apr 7, 2011 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #26

    Your just one of a minority of fat greedy maggot worshippers!

    I shall continue to post my ‘opinions’ of the fat cockney maggots mismanagement of my football club until he dies horribly in a combined harvester accident or helicopter crash on stade du merd or sells up!!

    So if you don’t like it don’t read it and don’t respond!! If I offend you by opinionaring over the greedy maggot boy, then sure your acorn electron has an off button???

    Otherwise, just button it boy and allow us Ashley haters to have our say!!!

    Sonny Jim x

  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Apr 7, 2011 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #27

    Ps Stuart,
    I am certainly not miserable!! Oh no, off to Majorca in a few days time mixing business with pleasure 😉

    Can’t wait!
    I’ll keep in touch via here, would miss my fix of grieving the chubby chasers on here!

  • Stuart

    Apr 7, 2011 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #28

    Grow up mate. You come on here and act on like a f**king kid.

    Fine, you stick to your own miserable views, its not my problem.

    One thing though, you’re a massive hypocrite. You come on and make personal insults about anyone that goes against you, yet if someone makes one remark to you, you suddenly start trying to play the bigger man.

    So with that in mind, I can happily call you a c**t without feeling the slightest hint of guilt.

  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Apr 7, 2011 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #29

    Oooo! I’m hurt stuey boy!!

    Was it the electron jibe?? Sooo sorry! I take it back!!

    Start calling names and the debate is lost!
    I win, I AM the bigger man now 😉 xxx

    And I di enjoy being a c**t as you pleasantly put it to your type ! See….. Unlowered!

  • cupiddstunt

    Apr 8, 2011 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #30

    I stand by what I posted we are in a better financial position as the principle debt may well be the same but it is owed to MA and it is without interest hence we are better off.

    So you admit to lying but say not to your customers how then can we take the word of a self confessed liar,,,,,,,,,,, so as I said you are just a hypocrite as a lie is a lie regardless as to whom it is directed.

    He opened his first shop in 1980 and is still going strong that has nothing to do with luck that is just sound business sense. Luck may have well played a part in how he started but not how he has gone from strength to strength for over 30 years.

    In fact the track record of the man shows how rank stupid your statement is, you talk about your customers and yet in comparison to him you are in the tupence ha’peny league but you call him incompetent that is in itself laughable.

    I place you in the tupence ha’peny league as I assume that if you were in the same financial league as him with your supposed passion for the club you would have stepped in long ago but as you did not my assumption is you are as successful a businessman as MA.

    A claimed businessman calling a billionaire incompetent that is rich

    if he is incompetent yet makes 60th on the 2009 rich list what does that make you?????

    Do you even make the rich list in your street?????

    I t would not surprise me to find you are one of these internet millionaires, you know the type they make out on the internet that they are businessmen while in reality collecting their giro every two weeks.

    I do not lie to my customers either but I do get p**sed off when the champers is not chilled to just the way I like it.

    Continue to be the angry fan as anger normally leads to heart attacks, so you will not be with us overly long.

  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Apr 8, 2011 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #31

    Oh dear
    Stupidc!!unt, are you upset?

    After that rant my friend only one person heading for a heart attack!!

    Me? Im heading for Majorca…..

    I take it because your only on here during the day it is during your IT lesson?? Does the teacher klnow you use naughty language you naughty boy???

    How much does fat lad pay you these days down the central?? I can bung you a few quid if you want to bite it off the next time your with him?? Seriously!

    He doesnt love you you know!! He just says that…he probably has one in every town!

    I think you have some serious issues young man. You really need to see someone….as jealousy in your love life, as well as your private life can send you roond the bend.

    BUT, I promise, I wont tell it how it is about Mikey anymore if it hurts your feelings!!

    I mean, he is obviously very competent at runjing a football club being a billionaire on th forbes rich list….im sure the queen would do a cracking job aswell.

  • cupiddstunt

    Apr 8, 2011 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #32

    So what part of the post gave you the impression I was upset?

    And what part of the post gave you the impression it was a rant? Never once did I raise my type.

    I had not realised that I had used any “naughty” language unlike yourself.

    Now reading your last post I can only reply by quoting part of one of your replies to stuart

    I have only once gave you a title and that was “hypocrite” following your outrage at the fact that MA has told some lies when by your own admission you also tell lies so your outburst was hypocritical hence the title was deserved.

    Now your last post is full of personal attack so now the quote

    “Start calling names and the debate is lost!
    I win, I AM the bigger man now 😉 xxx

    So by your own standards I win and I am the bigger man

    Although I never needed that confirming as your wife has already told me that 😉

    I will be leaving the thread to you now as discourse stops when personal attack starts and as you started the deprecation you lost.

    Try Wikipedia for all and any words you do not understand. 🙂

  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Apr 9, 2011 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #33

    Your an excitable young boy!
    May I suggest ritalin?

    I shall get your fat momma to write a little note, when I’ve finished using her hand, to ur teacher to administer 4 per day! With food!


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